Interview Questions & Tips
Reasons Why The Employer Will Not Offer You The Job
1. Poor attitude. Many candidates come across as arrogant. While employers can afford to be self-centered, candidates cannot.
2. Appearance. Many candidates do not consider their appearance as much as they should. First impressions are quickly made in the first three to five minutes. Review the appearance checklist.
3. Lack of research. It's obvious when candidates haven't learned about the job, company or industry prior to the interview. Visit the library or use the internet to research the company, then talk with friends, peers and other professionals about the opportunity before each meeting.
Not having questions to ask. Asking questions shows your interest in the
company and the position. Prepare a list of intelligent questions in advance.
Not readily knowing the answers to interviewer's questions. Anticipate
and rehearse answers to tough questions about your background, such as
a recent termination or an employment gap. Practicing with your spouse
or a friend before the interview will help you to frame intelligent responses.
Relying too much on résumés. Employers hire people, not
paper. Although a résumé can list qualifications and skills,
it's the interview dialogue that will portray you as a committed, responsive
Too much humility. Being conditioned not to brag, candidates are sometime
reluctant to describe their accomplishments. Explaining how you reach
difficult or impressive goals helps employers understand what you can
do for them.
Not relating skills to the employer's needs. A list of startling accomplishments
mean little if you can't relate them to a company's requirements. Reiterate
your skills, convince the employers and make them understand what you
can do for them.
Handling salary issues ineptly. Candidates often ask about salary and
benefits too early. If they believe an employer is interested, they may
demand inappropriate amounts and price themselves out of the jobs. Candidates
who ask for too little undervalue themselves or appear desperate.
Lack of career direction. Job hunters who aren't clear about their career
goals can't spot or commit to appropriate opportunities. Not knowing what
you want wastes everyone's time.
Job shopping. Some applicants, particularly those in certain high-tech,
sales and marketing fields, will admit they're just "shopping"
for opportunities and have little intention of changing jobs. This wastes
time and leaves a bad impression with employers they may need to contact
in the future.